Losing Ground are a four piece Alternative Rock/Punk group from Ayrshire, more specifically Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire and they have a lot of love for their hometown, so much so that they have a song dedicated to it called ‘Home’. Losing Ground is made up of Jack Sutton on Guitar/Vocals, Andrew Robinson on Mandolin/Vocals, Connell Stewart on Bass and Blair Stewart on Drums. If you want to find out more about the band then feel free to check out this interview I did with them a while back. Today I’ll be reviewing their EP ‘Old Glory’ which was released on the 28th October 2016.
‘Fundamental’ kicks off with guitars which are powerful on their own but after a few seconds the mandolin joins then and gives the track a very distinctive and unique sound. It’s rare to hear a sound like this, it’s not some overproduced stuff designed to bring in money, just something fresh that flows really well. The song managed to build a sense of momentum and pace without really going quicker and I think this build up really does the song justice. I find it hard to describe music without putting it in some sort of context of how it might be used and I can’t help feel that it would fit really well in a scene from some movie with conflict because the song has a lot of passion and righteous anger. This is especially clear in the line about ‘Justice being currency’ because it show a group of people angry about some injustice and wanting to fix it. There is a point towards the end of the song that I think is perfect, we have their voices chanting in unison, repeating the message to support an idea of unison and bringing together a feel of unity which runs through each of the tracks in some way. I was able to talk with Jack Sutton about the meaning behind a few of the songs, had this to say about fundamentals:
“Fundamental was written in response to the recent refugee crisis caused by the bombing of Syria. A shocking number of stories emerged of would be refugees dying at sea, many miles from home having attempted to flee bloodshed in ill-equipped vessels. These people were and are trying to escape torture and death and have been branded by our shitty mainstream media as a burden to our economy/infrastructure which is bullshit and makes me angry.”
‘Part II’ starts quickly and builds like the previous song and it keeps the mix of traditional rock and a more folky alternative, blending them into something which I think just resonates with the listener. Something I was thinking about as I was writing, I’ve heard people complain about bands from Scotland claiming that the accent is impossible to understand and I’d like to say that firstly that isn’t the case here but even if it was I think it’s even more important that the band convey something through the music itself rather than the words and I think that Losing Ground accomplishes this. Jack Sutton has this to say say about Part II:
“Part II’s lyrics are pretty self-explanatory I suppose. It was written as a ‘thank you’ to my friends and family. When I was younger I was a fucking arsehole and make no excuses for myself in all honesty. I have friends now that I have had throughout my life and I feel like it would have been much easier for them to have turned their backs on me. Some did, most didn’t and I thought the best way to appreciate that was to sing about it.
About Time’ is a very touching song, it does something different to the previous songs for a start. It’s hard to express exactly what I like it about it but it’s probably because it’s more nostalgic than the previous tracks. I particularly enjoyed the line about life being like a party and how it must come to an end. The song in my opinion is about closing/ending, I could tell that before I found out the story behind the song and I think that as well as being a touching tribute to loss it’s also about embracing something new. An interesting fact is that the name of this EP actually comes from a lyric in ‘About Time’. Jack Sutton had this to say about About Time:
“About Time is about my Grandad who died about 7 years ago. He was just an all-round good guy who was just brilliant to me during a time where not a lot made sense to me. At a time where my folks were on at me to get my act together he was a bit more open minded. We shared a drink and shot the shit. I wrote this song after realising that I was probably still pretty cut about him not being around. It was really cathartic.”
‘We are not alone’ is a very touching song because it’s trying to relate to something that can all understand, a feeling of aloneness. We may lose ground as they say but we are not alone. I think this is a strong message and it really projects this message of community and support which is important. So often in life we can feel isolated but listen to this and maybe you won’t feel quite as alone anymore.
So that’s what I thought of Losing Ground’s EP ‘Old Glory’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Bandcamp. Make sure and support the band by following them on Facebook and Twitter.
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